Friday, 31 July 2015

Self/less

A dying real estate mogul transfers his consciousness into a healthy young body, but soon finds that neither the procedure nor the company that performed it are quite what they seem. 


This movie suggests plenty of questions about the nature of identity, the morality of scientific exploration and the price of ageing. However the script doesn't craft characters complicated enough to engage in those concept. It also appears as a parabole about man's lust fr immortality. Surprisingly though the movie doesn't explore the psychological consequences of becoming a new person. When it comes to performances: Ben Kingsley is great, you bought Gandhi and the Mandarin, you'll like him as Damian. Ryan Reynolds seems a little lost and far too decent to be the cold blooded capitalist Kingsley plays in the film early scenes. He is good though, I've always liked Ryan Reynolds, this man is a movie star! He got some pretty bad roles, especially with Green Lantern, but that's not his fault! Matthew Goode is particularly effective as well. As the sinister scientist he gives a solid performance. 


I mostly liked the movie. Its greatest crime is that it's not enough of anything. Not brainy enough to party with the theories about consciousness that Ex Machina delivered earlier this year, nor is it over the top enough to party with the campy goofballery of something like Limitless. The film little by little drops its high sci-fi concept facade for a more conventional pursuit thriller, before transforming yet again into a father-daughter bonding drama. Moreover, the more the narrative straightens out into a series of shootouts, punch outs and car chases, the more monotonous it becomes. In the end, the visual flairs with which the director tells this story balances the fact that the plot gets a little silly, a little ridiculous or completely off tracks. He knew how to keep the audiences engaged with a fast pace, so that you don't have the time to think too much about things that don't make any sense or convenient plot twists. 


Overall Self/less is a fun movie to watch, not a great one. This film is at its worst a cool 90's sci-fi action movie and at its best, it makes you question yourself on whether if you could live forever will you feel bad about who was the person you're inhabiting the body?

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